In the middle of September this year, we revisited the Briksdal Glacier. Even we knew it has withdrawn considerably since last time, it was still a bit disappointing to see it was hardly hanging over the edge of the mountain. Anyhow, the drive up the valley was spectacular as always, even more so this time with the dramatic clouds covering the mountain sides.
As carefully suggested in the previous post about the Briksdal Galcier we strongly urges everybody to walk the 2.5 km from the parking, although they offer transport most of the way, its an easy walk.
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Kaupanger Stave Church is located not too far from Urnes Stave Church, only little bit further out and on the other side of the Sognefjord. The church is dated back to about 1140, and has gone through several restoration projects and alterations. Of the remaining stave churches, Kaupanger is the longest and the nave has 22 staves, 8 on each of the longer sides, 3 on each of the shorter and the elevated chancel has 4.
This is the third post about Norwegian Stave Churches.
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Just a quick and unscheduled post this time as the photos was taken in the middle of the day yesterday while we where driving from Langvatnet over to Gerianger. Photos from Geiranger and more will come later.
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The Palacio de Generalife sits across the ravine from Alhambra, and was earlier connected with a walkway. Generalife was built in the 13th century as a summer palace and has been redesigned and rebuilt several times through the years.
As promised in the posts about Alhambra, here are our photos from Generalife. Visiting the gardens in February may not justify the full beauty the garden in full bloom though.
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Paraty is located at the Costa Verde (Green Coast) in the state of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The village was established in 1597 and after the discovery of gold in the mountains of the state of Minas Gerias, Paraty became an export harbor for the gold. Caminho do Ouro (The Gold Trail) its a 1200 km trail linking Paraty to Diamantina (via Oro Preto and Tiradentes).
As you see in some of the photos, water comes into the streets with the high tide. It was done on purpose, constructed as to make the water clean the streets. We visited the city on a humid and cloudy day in 2008.
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Being relatively close to where we live, the Nidaros Cathedral (Nidarosdomen) its a building we return to quite often. Every time we come there, we discover more details and hidden treasures that we haven’t noticed before.
When most people go to see the Gothic Cathedral in Trondheim, they only look at the front. Nothing wrong with that, but the building has so much more to offer. After spending some time at the front, please have a walk around it too.
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This eroded sandstone formations has many names like “Gredas de Bolnuevo” and also “Ciudad Encantada” besides the official “Erosiones de Bolnuevo” and sits at the end of the 1600 meters long Playa de Bolnuevo (Bolnuevo Beach) in Bolnuevo, Murcia, Spain. The beach reaches all the way to the neighbor village of Puerto de Mazarrón to the east.
The sandstone formation has been eroded by water and wind for thousands of years and in the clay there is an abundance of micro fossils dating back to the Pliocene period 4.5 million years ago.
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The access to Urnes Stave Church is a bit more difficult than any of the others. You can take the very narrow road on the south side of Lustrafjorden, or maybe better, take the ferry across the fjord and walk the few hundred meters up to the church. Urnes Stave Church, built about 1140, is the only Stave Church on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
This is the second post about Norwegian Stave Churches.
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We don’t like too many photos in one post, so here are some more from Alhambra.
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Alhambra was a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visited the site in February and even it was off season, the place was crowded with people making it a challenge to take good overview photos. Even so it’s hard to choose between those we think look cool, and feel the need to divide them into three parts (not including the Generalife area, which will have its own post later).
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This is the first post in a series in a new category we will call “Stave Churches”. As this is the first post I will explain a bit what makes a Stave Church stand out compared to more normal log constructed churches. The word “stav” (stave/post in English) comes from the Old Norse “stafr”, and are given to the load bearing posts in the corners of the building. For bigger churches, they needed more posts to hold the load. Continue reading “Lom Stavkirke (Stave Church), Norway”